Night at the Cape Fear Museum

WILMINGTON, NC July 16, 2013 –  Explore life after dark in the Lower Cape Fear as you creep through Cape Fear Museum on Saturday, July 20th from 6:00-9:00 PM. Families will venture through the Museum, investigate hands-on science activities and meet live animals. There’s something for everyone!

Night at the Museum

  • NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher will use turtles, frogs and alligators to teach you how to be a nocturnal wildlife researcher.
  • Examine live raptors including a red-tailed hawk and great horned owl with the Carolina Raptor Center. Dissect an owl pellet, too.
  • Harness the power of magnetic forces to make your very own UFOs levitate.
  • See how cicadas molt and leave behind a perfect exoskeleton.  Make a molt of your hand with warm wax!
  • Join a Citizen Science Firefly Watch and learn how fireflies communicate by flashing. Pretend to be a firefly in a game of tag.
  • Settle down for a cozy read with bedtime stories from New Hanover Public Library.
  • View light-related artifacts from the Museum’s collection.
  • Observe bats, our bug-eating friends, in the Museum Courtyard with Halyburton Park’s naturalist.
  • Find out how light pollution can ruin your view of the night sky.
  • Investigate summer constellations in the Starlab.
  • “Paint” your own light photo with Cape Fear Camera Club members.
  • Cape Fear Shag Club will offer a shag demonstration and even teach you a few moves.
Admission for Night at the Museum is $6.00 per person; $3.00 for museum members. Memberships will be available on event day. Night at the Museum is sponsored by Connect A Million Minds, a Time Warner Cable initiative. For more information about science activities in your town, visit
Cape Fear Museum of History and Science, a department of New Hanover County, is open 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Saturday, and 1:00 to 5:00 PM Sunday; Memorial Day through Labor Day. General admission is $7 for adults; $6 for students, senior citizens and military with valid ID; $4 for children 6-17; and free for children 5 and under. Museum members are admitted free. New Hanover County residents’ free day is the first Sunday of each month. The Museum is located at 814 Market Street in historic downtown Wilmington, NC. More information:

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